We goes(a) to Zaragoza

Trip Start Aug 29, 2013
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Trip End Nov 07, 2013


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Flag of Spain  , Aragón,
Sunday, September 15, 2013

There has been some debate over the last few days whether or not we should go to Zaragoza. It had been planned and put onto our itinerary but we are in two minds whether or not it will be worth the extra 300 kilometre drive.
In the end we decide that it is easier to stick to the itinerary at this late stage and so after a last look at the old quarter of Valencia, we head inland and north along the A23.

The A23 goes right past the town of Teruel, which is mentioned in our Back Roads of Spain book. It sounds interesting so we take the exit and drive to the edge of the old city.
We are so glad we have decided to go to Saragoza, as this city along the way is one of Spain's undiscovered secrets. It is free of mass tourism and on approach is its four ornate Mudejar towers. These reign over even more UNESCO-classified Baroque, Gothic and Modernista architectural gems.

We stay in the town for lunch as we wait for the afternoon opening of the Mausoleum de Los Amantes, whose main attraction is the mummified cadavers of Diego and Isabel, who literally died of broken hearts. Adjacent to the mausoleum is the dazzling Iglesia de San Pedro built in the 14th century.

Whilst we could have lingered in this enchanting town, time (as usual) was against us and we pushed on toward Saragoza so as not to be driving when daylight was gone.

We arrive into Saragoza in good time and weave our way through the narrow streets to arrive at our accommodation which is located virtually on top of the main Plaza of the old town. After checking in, we scout around the town whilst there is still light, then stumble across the quaint Plaza Santa Marta where the restaurant Tragantua beckoned us with the wafting aromas of their food on offer.

The next morning we are out and about having a good look around the old town.

There are some wonderful sights apart from the main attraction - the Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar, which is one of the biggest and most important churches in Spain.

The Plaza Nuestra Senora del Pilar is an inviting open space where the scope and size of the Basilica can be admired. There is a section of the old Roman walls and a reasonably intact Roman theatre all within a short walking distance from the main plaza.

Over the river Ebro the Puente de Piedra (Stone Bridge) stands out with the lions on pillars watching all those that cross.

Whilst this town has many buildings and structures of interest where many hours could be spent just wandering and exploring, we have given ourselves a time limit to midday before we collect our car and head for our last destination in Spain - Barcelona.

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